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public Observing fromLocation: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
SunriseRise: 6:55  
clear_day Transit: 12:11  
SunsetSet: 17:29
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50 Virginis

Altitude: 0.4°   Azimuth: 252.7°   Direction: West-South-West

50 Virginis is a variable giant star in the constellation of Virgo.

50 Virginis visual magnitude is 5.94. Because of its reltive faintness, 50 Virginis should be visible only from locations with dark skies, while it is not visible at all from skies affected by light pollution.

The proper motion of 50 Virginis is -0.008 arcsec per year in Right Ascension and -0.012 arcsec per year in Declination and the associated displacement for the next 10000 years is represented with the red arrow.

Image of 50 Virginis star
DSS2 image of 50 Virginis. The red arrow shows the motion of 50 Virginis during the next 10000 years (-1.33 arcmin in Right Ascension and -2.00 arcmin in declination);

Key facts about 50 Virginis


50 Virginis is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: 0.4°
Azimuth: 252.7°
Direction: West-South-West

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of 50 Virginis

50 Virginis is situated close to the celestial equator, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year. Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox as well as galactic coordinates of 50 Virginis are provided in the following table:

13h 09m 45s
-10° 19’ 45”

The simplified sky map below shows the position of 50 Virginis in the sky:

Finder chart 50 Virginis star
Simplified finder chart for 50 Virginis.

Visibility of 50 Virginis from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's 50 Virginis rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 100.3°
Max altitude: 28.2°
Azimuth: 259.7°

Distance of 50 Virginis from the Sun and relative movement

50 Virginis is distant 655.94 light years from the Sun and it is moving towards the Sun at the speed of 7 kilometers per second.

201.21 pc
655.94 ly
-7 km/s
-0.008 arcsec/year
-0.012 arcsec/year

Spectral properties of 50 Virginis

50 Virginis belongs to spectral class K5 and has a luminosity class of III corresponding to a giant star.


The red dot in the diagram below shows where 50 Virginis is situated in the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram.

HR Diagram
H-R diagram showing the position of 50 Virginis. Attribution: Richard Powell / CC BY-SA

Alternative designations of 50 Virginis

50 Virginis